After inking FS Eric Weddle to a two year contract, the Los Angeles Rams wasted no time making their next move. The team announced this evening that they had retained EDGE Dante Fowler Jr.
The amount of the contract has yet to be announced, but it’s hard to be upset by this. The Rams address possibly their greatest position of need and retain Fowler, who will be motivated to prove that he’s not a bust after a productive stretch run with the Rams in 2018.
Given the Rams increased level of offseason activity since moving to Los Angeles, it would be a shock if the Rams stood pat after retaining Fowler. At EDGE, the 2019 free agent class was already loaded with top tier talent before the addition of Justin Houston.
There are plenty of opportunities for the Rams to continue to improve the pass rush. And with the combination of Los Angeles and Sean McVay pulling at prospective free agents, we may find out if the clamor of the 2018 offseason was a fluke or the creation of the Rams business model moving forward.
Update [9:16am ET]
Last night, the #Rams agreed to terms with pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. on a 1-year deal worth $14M, source said. The former 1st rounder gets another year with the team that traded for him at roughly the amount that the fifth-year option would’ve been, then can hit the market.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
Update [9:23am ET]
Here’s the actual breakdown of Fowler’s one-year deal:
Dante Fowler Rams deal: one year, $12 million (gtd), $9M base salary (gtd), $3M roster bonus third day of league year gtd, up to $2M playoffs, playtime, sacks incentive— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 12, 2019